Boy of Steel
|Pseudo-clone with citizenship in the United States.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Project Cadmus, Metropolis|
|Base of Operations|
Project Cadmus, Metropolis
A pseudo-clone of Superman with abilities that mimic superhuman strength and durability via a tactile telekinetic field that also enables superhuman speed and flight.
May possess the latent abilities of laser vision, x-ray vision, macroscopic and microscopic vision, acute senses, hurricane-force and super-cooled breath.
Note: Because his powers are artificially manufactured to duplicate those of Superman, Kon-El does not suffer from the inherited weaknesses of other Kryptonians, such as Kryptonite, but he does not possess their full range of powers and level of strength and invulnerability.
Adventures of Superman
Superboy Vol. 3
Superboy and the Ravers
Superman Vol. 2
Teen Titans Vol. 2
|Adventures of Superman #500 (June, 1993)|
|Jerry Ordway & Tom Grummett|
Detecting the aura around Superman that lends to his invulnerability and flight, they were able to produce a clone from the genetic material of Lex Luthor, empowering it with abilities similar to Superman.
The pseudo-clone was artificially aged to about 15 years and implanted with knowledge and memories that would create an illusion to the public and himself that he was a true clone of Superman.
When it was discovered that the director of Project Cadmus intended on using the pseudo-clone for his own purposes, he was assisted in escaping to Metropolis. For a time he believed himself to be Kal-El, and competed for the title of Superman amongst other pretenders. When Superman returned, the pseudo-clone assumed the mantel of Superboy.